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Learn about classical music in Paris

Have you ever heard a piece of classical music in a film and wished you knew more about this genre of music?

You've come to the right place!

My name is Kayla, and I am a classical singer from New Zealand, now based in Paris, France. As well as singing, I have a passion for opening up the world of classical music to new listeners - no knowledge of music theory or performance skills necessary!

I did not grow up hearing classical music. I began to really explore it at the age of 15, and spent many hours scouring the internet, libraries, and listening to everything I could to familiarise myself with this world as much as I could. Once I arrived at university to begin my singing studies, I soon realised that there was an enormous knowledge gap between those who had been exposed to classical music from a young age and those who had not had the opportunity. Many students in the latter group did not really know how to get started and felt like they were lagging far behind with their knowledge and familiarity with the repertoire, history, and stories of classical music.

I found that many people I encountered outside of music studies also had these barriers when it came to engaging with classical music and other "high arts". Over the years, I have had many conversations on this topic with people from all walks of life. I often saw a gleam in their eyes as they realised that they could discover this world, too, and a spark was lit!

When COVID hit, I turned my life and work experiences into a business: Sound Garden: classical music immersion. The site is a hub for learning about classical music, with products and content designed to help people of all ages to connect with classical music. Currently, all products are digital downloads and online content. I am also now offering individual and group classical music immersion classes, where you can discover the works, composers, and history of classical music in an interactive way, and learn how to integrate classical music into your daily life.

Lessons are available in English or French, and can be paired with singing lessons. As well as teaching in the Paris area, online lessons are possible.

Interested in learning more?

I look forward to hearing from you!

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